Congresswoman Annie Kuster Introduces Bill to Fix ACA Glitch; Increase Access to Affordable Health Coverage for New Hampshire Families
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"I've always said the Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, and that the 'family glitch' needs to be fixed. We need to improve affordable health care coverage for all
"That's why I was proud to introduce the Family Coverage Act, which will help ensure that families in
Under the Affordable Care Act, large employers are required to provide "affordable" health insurance to their employees. This insurance is considered unaffordable when the employee's share of premiums for individual coverage is more than 9.5 percent of his or her annual household income.
Employees who are not offered affordable coverage can then access tax credits through the new marketplaces to help buy coverage they can afford.
Unfortunately, because of the interpretation of the law, these credits do not apply for employees who also need coverage for their families. Many times, the only option for covering spouses, children, or dependents is expensive family coverage which often pushes the employee over the 9.5 percent contribution threshold. The result is that many
Kuster's bill is supported by a number of organizations in
"It is evident that the 'family glitch' has created barriers for
Representative Kuster's bill is cosponsored by Reps.
Since she took office, Congresswoman
She also cosponsored the Small Business Tax Credit Accessibility Act, which will help small businesses provide their employees with health insurance by expanding affordability tax credits for small employers.
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